Extreme poverty and Monsoon floods affecting millions of people in the State, constitute a major workforce to build the new shining India. Biharis are those pulling cycle rickshaws, driving the Delhi elites' cars, building shopping malls, new houses and flats in expanding middle class suburbs, as well as India's dams all over the vast country.
But those migrant workers have very little support in other states and live very precarious lives, yet accused of stealing jobs.
Historically, Bihar has been a major centre of learning, home to the ancient universities of Nalanda (established in 450 CE), Odantapurā ( established in 550CE) and Vikramshila (established in 783 AD). Unfortunately, that tradition of learning which had its origin from the time of Buddha or perhaps earlier, was lost during the medieval period when it is believed that marauding armies of the invaders destroyed these centers of learning.